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Unemployment Insurance Advisory Committee


About the Advisory Committee 

The Unemployment Insurance Advisory Committee (UIAC) The Committee is made up of nine individuals appointed by the Commissioner. Three members appointed to represent employers. Three members appointed to represent employees. Three members appointed to represent the general public: RCW 50.12. 200. The Commissioner also delegates a representative from ESD to serve as Chair of the Committee.  The purpose of the committee is to aid the commissioner in formulating policies and discussing problems related to the administration of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program and assuring impartiality and freedom from political influence in the solution of such problems: RCW 50.12.200.  In doing so, the Committee provides comment on unemployment insurance policy, operations, and performance management, as well as other issues the Committee determines to require its consideration. The Committee provides a forum for listening to concerns of stakeholders and seeking input to improve the program to best serve workers and business. 


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Next meeting

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Zoom

Please use the link below to join the meeting. In the unlikely event that you are prompted to enter a passcode for this meeting, please enter "UIAC".


  • Agenda to be provided in advance

Recording Disclaimer: This meeting will be recorded and will be live-streamed by TVW. Please be advised that your image and voice will be captured and recorded during the videoconference. Your participation in this videoconference equals consent to be recorded as required by law.

Committee Members

Department Representative:

JR Richards, Unemployment Insurance Customer Service Director


Employee Representatives:

Sybill Hyppolite, Washington State Labor Council
Cindy Richardson, UNITE HERE Local 8
Josh Swanson, Operating Engineers 302
Brenda Wiest, Teamsters 117


Employer Representatives:

Bob Battles, Association of Washington Business
Josie Cummings, Avista Corp
Julia Gorton, Washington Hospitality Association

General Public Representatives:

Anne Paxton, Unemployment Law Project
William Westmoreland, Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council

Employment Security Department Committee Contacts


JR Richards
Director, Unemployment Insurance Customer Support Division


Colin Helsley
Committee Support 

Camille Galeno
Administrative Assistance